As we wind up 2013, it is worth reflecting on some positive experiences and negative challenges that occurred this past year. First the positive: In 2013 the US Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network paid tribute to the tremendous growth and success of the International LTER (ILTER) Network during its 20th anniversary.
A National Science Foundation (NSF) review team has praised the LTER Network Office (LNO) for its efforts promoting network science, for progress on the Network Information System, for its strong relationship with site information managers, and for creating a new web presence.
Things have been hopping along recently in the LTER Network Office (LNO). This fall, in addition to raking leaves and laying in a supply of firewood, we have played host to seven LTER projects either in our training lab or at the Sevilleta Field Station:
Three research working groups funded by the LNO from the 2010 competition were organized by Katie Suding/Elsa Cleland, Julia Jones (AND), and Bob Christian (VCR)
Theresa Valentine (AND) and Corinna Gries (NTL) coordinated working groups focused on the production of IM/IT products
The Drupal Ecological Information Management System group engaged in their second training workshop under the guidance of Iñigo San Gil (MCM)
Finally, Jamie Hollingsworth (BNZ) visited the LNO for an extended period to work on a new cartographic almanac